Manu Bhaker clinched a quota place for India in the women's 10m air pistol event at the Tokyo Olympics despite finishing fourth in the same category at the ISSF World Cup in Munich on Wednesday.
Bhaker shot a score of 201.0 in the final, missing out on the medal spots by a tenth of a point. With competitors Anna Korakaki of Greece and Kim Minjung of Korea ahead in the final, a top-four finish was enough to secure the quota place. Bhaker may have missed out on a medal, but India still sit atop the medals tally in Munich with three gold medals, won by Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat.
Bhaker, who shot a score of 528 to qualify for the final in third place, had missed out on a medal as well as a quota place in the 25m pistol event on Monday after a weapon malfunction led to her finishing fifth. After Bhaker's elimination, Sarnobat took the lead and held onto it until the end.
Indian shooters now have seven quotas in place for the 2020 Olympics. The others are - Sarnobat in the women's 25m pistol, Saurabh and Abhishek Verma in the 10m air pistol for men, Anjum Moudgil and Chandela in the 10m air rifle for women, and Divyansh Singh Panwar in the 10m air rifle for men.
In September 2018, Chandela and Moudgil became the first Indian shooters to win quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after they finished fourth and second respectively in the 10m air rifle event at the World Championships. Saurabh booked a Tokyo 2020 berth for India by shooting a world record score of 245 - which he bettered in Munich on Monday - during his maiden World Cup outing in New Delhi in February. Abhishek and Divyansh earned their quota places at the Beijing World Cup last month.